By Nita Johnson
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
A red Chevrolet Cavalier zoomed recklessly around a curve along Ky. 30, five miles north of London, and was just the beginning of a long legal saga for a Laurel man.
Jonathan L. Brumagen, 22, of East Pittsburg Church Road in London was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence; driving on a DUI-suspended license, first offense; driving too fast for road conditions and other traffic offenses.
Deputies Mikey Ashurst, Brett Reeves, and Shawn Boroviak observed Brumagen speeding and immediately engaged their police lights to stop the car.
Brumagen pulled over for the deputies, at which time he was determined to be under the influence. As the investigation continued, Brumagen admitted taking methamphetamine before driving.
While the arrest was being made, Deputy Daniel Grigsby arrived at the scene and verified he had received a call about the vehicle Brumagen was driving. Grigsby said Brumagen was supposed to be working on the vehicle but had failed to return the car to its rightful owner. Grigsby then charged Brumagen with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
But Brumagen’s legal troubles did not end.
A check on Brumagen’s background revealed he had outstanding warrants for first-degree bailjumping and first-degree robbery. Brumagen was indicted in February for first-degree robbery and fourth-degree assault for a January 14 incident in which he allegedly threatened a London couple with a knife during a robbery. Brumagen is also charged with hitting the man in the head, causing physical injury. Brumagen was held under a $50,000 cash bond in that case and jail records indicate he served six months in jail. Additionally, he was sentenced during that time for second-degree disorderly conduct and menacing and had to serve 60 days.
Just this past Friday, Brumagen was indicted for first-degree bailjumping, for failing to appear in court on his scheduled date on the robbery charge. His bond is set at $10,000 cash; however, the pending charge from the robbery have a notation that no bond is allowed for that case and he is set for a court appearance on October 28.
This is Brumagen’s third arrest this year. On January 4, he was arrested for receiving stolen property under $500 and fraudulent use of a credit card, over $500 but less than $10,000. He was held under a $10,000 cash bond and was released after three days in jail. However, a court date of January 15 is listed on the records at the Laurel County Detention Center, with the notation the case is “pending.”